May 23, 2006


Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Niagara Falls, May 23, 2006
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As promised, photos from our visit to Niagara Falls on Friday. The Falls were much more impressive than I thought they would be, and we did the whole thing - the Maid of the Mist and the tour behind and under the Falls. Enjoy. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Katherine Seligman[Edit][Delete]: Young and Wired, San Francisco Chronicle [Edit][Delete] May 23, 2006
[link: Hits] More about the phenomenon of computer use among the young. Good article overall, with a good summation of the major issues. Janice Friesen introduced this article on WWWDEV with the comment, "I think we may be raising a generation of screensuckers." Ironic, coming from the generation that was raised on televsion and the telephone. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Stirling Kelso[Edit][Delete]: My Book, by Me, Fast Company [Edit][Delete] May 23, 2006
[link: Hits] This is actually old news, as has been around for a while (Leigh Blackall used it to publish his Teach and Learn Online book). And as Brad Jensen noted on DEOS Sunday, Amazon has it's own version, BookSurge. But this service, Blurb, seems to be new. "Blurb and its ilk are democratizing a tired oligopoly, opening up the pipes to... everyone, really. Want to publish your treatise on the government's extraterrestrial conspiracy? Sure! Your kid's refrigerator art? It's a coffee-table book!" [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Nate Anderson[Edit][Delete]: Making Money Selling Music Without DRM: The Rise of eMusic, Ars Technica [Edit][Delete] May 23, 2006
[link: Hits] Interesting article about a site that is making money selling independent music by subscription in MP3 format - with no digital rights management (DRM) at all. The major lables, of course, cannot fathom how such a business could make money, but eMusic is the number two retailer of downloadable music behind the iTunes Music Store. Also worth noting is that the company decided "to hire several distinguished music critics to serve as 'curators' for the site." This is the beginning of the newsmastering rend. As Jeff Jarvis observes, "TiVo announced today that it had recruited critics, magazine editors, and such to recommend TV shows - to create ad hoc networks, in other words." Via Michael Geist. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Joe Clark[Edit][Delete]: To Hell with WCAG 2, A List Apart [Edit][Delete] May 23, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] Well known for his writing on accessibility, Joe Clark slams the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 recently announced for comment. How often does this happen to standards bodies: "The process is stacked in favour of multinationals with expense accounts who can afford to talk on the phone for two hours a week and jet to world capitals for meetings." And the result, writes Clark, is predictable: a confused, convoluted and dysfunctional set of standards. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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